The Chamber also plays a significant role in mobilizing, offering and distributing aid and donations to the needy, local and abroad. While a large proportion of aid mobilized by the Chamber was channeled to victims of disasters in China during the pre-war years, the Chamber’s charity involvement was also directed to other parts of the region, e.g. Japan. Local beneficiaries of the Chamber’s philanthropic activities included leprosy patients, unemployed people, prisoners and ex-convicts, refugees of the May 13 riots etc.
In 1998, pig farmers’ livelihood was destroyed by the catastrophic outbreak of the Nipah Virus. The Chamber’s then President Tan Sri Lim Guan Teik (1995-2003) mobilized the Chinese community to form a collective platform for the relief of pig farmers who were affected by the outbreak. He formed and chaired the National Chinese Guilds and Associations J.E. Victims Relief Committee, which was tasked to investigate the impact of the outbreak on pig farmers and the industry.
The Chamber stands at the forefront of medical philanthropy. In addition to regular financial contributions, many of the Chamber’s members were on the committees of shelter for the unemployed, and of hospitals, such as Tung Shin Hospital and Chinese Maternity Hospital. Three prominent members of the Chamber, including its former president Tun Lee Yan Lian (1975-1982) and its council members Chong Shih Guan, Teo Soo Cheng and Ng Beh Tong, were successively presidents of Tung Shin Hospital.
Tan Sri Lee Yan Lian, then President of the Chamber and President of Tung Shin Hospital, accompanied Labour and Manpower Minister Lee San Choon and Health Minister Chong Hon Nyan to visit the facilities of the operating theatre at Tung Shin Hospital, c.early 1980s.